51% Show #1352

Jun 19, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we'll meet a firearms instructor who works to enroll women in shooting classes. Then, a church official talks about helping widows in Nigeria. And a woman tells a story about her grandmother's choices in partners.

In Maine, you do not need a gun license to buy a gun. In Maine, there are more guns than people. Plus, the state touts the lowest crime rate in the country. Tatiana Whitlock is a professional firearms instructor from South Portland, Maine. Teaching safe gun handling is her number one priority, and while some may believe that the firearms world is a gendered space, Whitlock says the gun doesn’t care who’s shooting, it just shoots. Michael Healey reports.  

We now leave the U.S. for a story connected with many displaced Nigerian families who are facing severe food shortages after returning home. In recent fighting, the army retook their territories from militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Many women are dealing with traumatic experiences. Their husbands were killed while many of them were forced to watch the beheadings. Their sons were forced into battles and their daughters sexually abused.

Miles away in the western city of Mainz in Germany, eight church officials founded an association called "Widows Care" in recognition of the needs of these women. Reverend Renate Mainzer Ellmenreich, spoke with DW reporter Eunice Wanjiru to tell how Widows Care is making a difference. 

That report was by DW correspondent Eunice Wanjiru. 

June is LGBT Pride Month and  Emma Miller has a story to share. Calling her grandmother Gloria sassy and sagacious, Miller tells about her grandmother's having been in both a heterosexual marriage and a long-time, same-sex relationship.  

And that’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.